Job Overview

Summary



 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 921561

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Preferred Qualifications:  Best qualified applicants will hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Duties

This position is a clinical psychologist.

 

This individual is to perform Compensation & Pension (C&P) evaluations for veterans requesting service-connection for disabilities related to PTSD and/or other mental disorders based on requirements listed in the 2507 received from the Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO).

 

Psychologist performs the required examination or provides the requested opinion necessary to make a decision on a veterans’ claim for service-connected disability. Incumbent is required to perform a clinical interview and determine diagnoses based on DSM-IV criteria.

 

Psychologist may also be requested to conduct competency evaluations and psychological testing.

 

The psychologist will perform the examination using established guidelines published by the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) and Compensation and Pension Evaluation Project (CPEP). These examinations are for use by the regional office for rating purposes only and there is no treatment involved.

 

All examination findings are to be dictated, reviewed, completed and released in a timely manner in accordance with medical center policy. Some examinations will require review of claims folder or the VA computerized patient record system (CPRS). Psychologist will use CPRS to notify other VA examiners or enter orders.

 

Preferred Qualifications:  Best qualified applicants will hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

 

Tour of Duty may include evenings, holidays and weekends.